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Suspects Allegedly Responsible for Shooting That Took 7-Year-Old’s Life Said They Attacked the Wrong Car

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Two suspects have been identified in the case of the 7-year-old, who was shot and killed while riding in the car with her mother and siblings one Sunday morning.

As Dearly previously reported, the victim’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, told KTRK she was going for an early morning coffee run on December 30 around 7 a.m., when a random driver pulled up beside her and opened fire on her family.

Washington, 30, attempted to protect her four children during the shooting. When the fire ceased, she realized her daughter Jazmine Barnes, who was in the back seat, had been shot in the head.

Further, Washington herself had been shot in the arm.

As CNN reports, Washington and other witnesses described the gunman to police as a white man in his 40s driving a red pickup truck but based on a recent arrest, that does not seem to be the case.

On Saturday, police arrested Eric Black Jr., 20, for marijuana possession during a traffic stop.

Later, investigators questioned Black about the shooting.

Officers received an anonymous tip that Black and another person initially identified in court as “L.W.” shot at Jazmine’s family vehicle after mistaking it for another one.

According to CNN, Black revealed to investigators that he drove the vehicle used in the shooting while a man in the passenger seat opened fire.

He then told police that the weapon used in the shooting was at his home and gave them permission to search for it.

Officers discovered a 9mm pistol consistent with shell casings recovered from the scene of the shooting.

Black has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.

According to ABC7, the second suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Larry Woodruffe. He is believed to have been the shooter.

Woodruffe had also been previously arrested on a drug possession charge and was informed that he was a suspect in the murder during an unrelated court appearance.

Due to various reports, it is not clear on whether or not Woodruffe has been charged with the capital murder yet.

Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who’s representing Jazmine’s family, says the suspects’ race surprised the family, but they are relieved to have answers.

Merritt said:

“They wanted the right person to be convicted — not a white person. This is the first opportunity they’ve been given to mourn. The family is entering a period of deep grieving.”

He explained on Twitter that during so much commotion, it is easy for witnesses to confuse a fleeing bystander for the actual shooter.

However, police are still searching for the driver Washington and other witnesses described in the red pick up truck.

The death of Jazmine has attracted major attention as hundreds gathered outside of the Walmart where she was killed to rally for justice.

Further, many have donated to a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses.

Among supporters were Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who pledged to donate his playoff paycheck to the family.

As CNN reports, Hopkins was supposed to make $29,000 for Saturday’s game. However, the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts in Houston, ending their season.

The tragedy also gained the attention of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who joined forces with Houston police officer Kenneth Miles to cover the victim’s funeral cost.

As CNN reports, Jazmine’s homegoing services are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a viewing at Green House International Church and her funeral is at noon. Those in attendance plan to release purple balloons in her memory. Purple was her favorite color.

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  1. Oh, I get it. They targeted the wrong vehicle so it was just a mistake. I guess that means that they should be released? Our society is quickly falling apart and I fear what will follow the coming anarchy. I’m guessing some form of State-based totalitarianism…not much difference between the Socialist and Fascist versions, since Fascism was National Socialism.

  2. This is not the complete story. The mother knows the shooter and is friends with him on Facebook. She was buying dope from him. She didn’t want to pay for it and tried to steal it. The guy shot at her car, but he did not know the daughter was in the car. The mother lied and made up the story to cover her tracks and blamed an innocent bystander of a capital crime. She wouldn’t even have the man arrested that killed her own child. The shooter was trying to kill her. She is evil.

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